4. A severe lecture; reproof; rebuke; warning.
She would give her a lesson for walking so late.Sir. P. Sidney.
5. (Mus.) An exercise; a composition serving an educational purpose; a study.
(Les"son), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lessoned (-s'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Lessoning.] To teach; to
To rest the weary, and to soothe the sad,Byron.
Doth lesson happier men, and shame at least the bad.
(Les"sor) n. [See Lessee, Lease, v. t.] (Law) One who leases; the person who lets to farm,
or gives a lease. Blackstone.
(Lest) v. i. To listen. [Obs.] Chaucer. Spenser.
(Lest), n. [See List to choose.] Lust; desire; pleasure. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Lest), a. Last; least. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Lest), conj. [OE. leste, fr. AS. ðy l&aemacrs ðe the less that, where ðy is the instrumental case of
the definite article, and ðe is an indeclinable relative particle, that, who, which. See The, Less, a.]
1. For fear that; that . . . not; in order that . . . not.
Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty.Prov. xx. 13.
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.1 Cor. x. 12.
2. That (without the negative particle); after certain expressions denoting fear or apprehension.
Lest I might anger thee.
(-let) [From two French dim. endings - el (L. -ellus) and -et, as in bracelet.] A noun suffix having a
diminutive force; as in streamlet, wavelet, armlet.
(Let) v. t. [OE. letten, AS. lettan to delay, to hinder, fr. læt slow; akin to D. letten to hinder, G. verletzen
to hurt, Icel. letja to hold back, Goth. latjan. See Late.] To retard; to hinder; to impede; to oppose.
He was so strong that no man might him let.Chaucer.
He who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.2. Thess. ii. 7.
Mine ancient wound is hardly whole,Tennyson.
And lets me from the saddle.
1. A retarding; hindrance; obstacle; impediment; delay; common in the phrase without let or hindrance,
but elsewhere archaic. Keats.
Consider whether your doings be to the let of your salvation or not.Latimer.
2. (Lawn Tennis) A stroke in which a ball touches the top of the net in passing over.
(Let), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Let [Obs].); p. pr. & vb. n. Letting.] [OE. leten, læten (past tense lat,
let, p. p. laten, leten, lete), AS. l&aemacrtan (past tense let, p. p. l&aemacrten); akin to OFries.